Mar 1, 2018

Rundle: Tasmania could soon be Woolworths’ island

Woolworths' pokies push strategy in Tasmania may sound dull and irrelevant but it will have national ramifications.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


Though they have just had a shellacking in parliament at the hands of Andrew Wilkie, Woolworths/ALH is looking towards a big victory on Saturday, if the Hodgman Liberal government retains power, and implements a new gaming agreement.

The grocer/wholesaler/pokies venue operator will find itself as one half of a new duopoly. Together with the state’s Federal Group, it will be in line to carve up the existing market of pokies venues -- about 90 hotels -- with premium buy-outs.

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8 thoughts on “Rundle: Tasmania could soon be Woolworths’ island

  1. thelorikeet

    Small point – Federal Hotels are not a Tassie company but a Melbourne one even if they seem to own most of Tassie. The Libs policy on pokies is disgrace.

    1. Guy Rundle

      Actually, they’re sydney based now (started in Melb). But a good point – the money goes out of Tas.

  2. zut alors

    When Sky’s David Speers quizzed Hodgman on the extent of Liberal campaign donations he persisted in saying they would be disclosed when required by law – in 2019.

    This was Opposition Leader White’s prime opportunity to say she would disclose Labor’s figure within 24 hours. It could’ve been a moment of inspired transparency …meantime leaving Hodgman suspiciously secretive (yes yes,until 2019).

    Queensland voters used to be the laughing stock of Oz when doggedly re-electing Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen but Tasmanian voters may yet steal the title of the dumbest state.

  3. bushby jane

    Spot on about disclosure laws, although we won’t ever hear the truth from the Libs as it will all be smoke and mirrors as usual.

  4. Dean Moriarty's Ghost

    Fact Check: Anne Urquhart is definitely not associated with or “supported” by the SDA. She was Tasmanian Secretary of the AMWU; the opposite end of the Labor spectrum to the SDA.

  5. AR

    There is something seriously askew in the Merkin Isle – is it the water, inbreeding, lack of sun?

  6. Aethelstan

    Sadly … I think Rebecca White has underestimated the power of the pokies lobby … the storm of advertisements and billboards everywhere begging voters to save pubs and clubs … and jobs … by voting Lib and thus keeping pokies … seems to be effective …

  7. Irfan Yusuf

    Where does Eric Abetz stand on pokies?

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